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Cajete Fire Morning Update: 416 Personnel ... 1,412 Acres Burned, 87 Percent Contained

on June 20, 2017 - 10:07am
A burning log Monday night in the Cajete Fire lights up unburned mixed conifer in the Jemez. Scattered small ground fires are still burning, and there are aircraft supporting final containment efforts. © 2017 David A. Ponton/
Small ground fires light up the lower level of unburned ponderosa pine forest in the Cajete Fire under Monday's starry night sky in the Jemez. © 2017 David A. Ponton,

SFNF News:

Crews on the fireline fighting the Cajete Fire in the Jemez today anticipate minimal fire activity.

The uncontained section of the fire perimeter is within a snag patch (a section of standing dead trees) in the southeastern corner of the fire near Los Griegos Peak. The standing dead trees in this area, left by the 2011 Las Conchas Fire, can fall suddenly. For this reason, firefighters are avoiding particularly hazardous areas. This portion of the fire has been holding and is not expected to grow.

Firefighters also have begun fire suppression repair, working to remove signs of suppression activity and prevent erosion. As an example, sections of Las Conchas Trail were incorporated into handline built by firefighters to provide a firebreak. Trail segments are now being restored for post-incident public use.

Motorists are urged to be aware of firefighting equipment in transit along N.M. 4. Hazard trees also are present and fluctuating winds may cause snags to fall near or on roadways.

Start Date:

  • June 15, 2017


  • Abandoned campfire


  • 1,412 acres


  • 87 percent


  • Mostly ponderosa pine with some mixed conifer and aspen on the north facing slopes.

Resources Assigned

  • 416 personnel – 3 Type 1 Crews, 7 Type 2 crews;
  • 13 engines;
  • 1 dozer;
  • 3 water tenders;
  • 3 Type 1 helicopters;
  • 2 Type 2 helicopter; and
  • 1 Type 3 helicopter.
Community Meeting Tonight:
  • A community meeting is set for 6 p.m. today at Jemez Mountain Baptist Church in La Cueva.


  • The fireline was wind-tested by yesterday afternoon’s thunderstorm activity. There is a slight chance of more thunderstorm activity developing this afternoon north of the fire area. This system could cause outflow winds that affect fire behavior.

Closures and Restrictions:

  • Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect. The burned area is closed. Residents and visitors should not enter the burned area, which is very hazardous.

Fire Safety:

  • Fireworks are prohibited within Santa Fe National Forest. Visitors are urged to follow campfire safety procedures to prevent wildfires and ensure public safety. Campfires are only allowed in an established campground fire ring. All fires must be fully extinguished prior to leaving the immediate area. If you discover an unattended campfire, use 911 to report it, and do what you can to put it out.

Access to Area Attractions:

  • All businesses and recreation sites in and around Jemez Springs are open and accessible, with the exception of the Jemez Falls and Redondo Campgrounds, and the Las Conchas Trail, which remain closed. The Valles Caldera National Preserve is open. The Gilman Tunnel is closed for repair.

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